Guest post by Adrian Roman.

Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? Then you probably have connected many times to the Internet from different locations, including public places, such as airports or coffee shops. Have you ever asked yourself whether your email or Facebook passwords are safe and protected?

Online security and privacy were always a concern for Internet users, but, nowadays, given the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets in recent years, it is an even bigger problem.

When a mobile device is connected to a public Internet access point, it turns vulnerable. Sending emails or accessing password-protected websites is dangerous. Hackers can gain access to your accounts and use it for their own purposes. All kind of important information like credit cards details, private mails, personal photos, can be accessed using public Wi-Fi spots.

Read: Firesheep Lets you Hijack Twitter, Facebook Accounts! Scary!

The safest attitude is to consider that all traffic going through a public Wi-Fi network can be seen by third parties. A solution to protect you and your iPhone/iPad device is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service and encrypt your traffic. Thus, any man-in-the-middle’s traffic sniffing would fail to access your private data while you are using the VPN.

VPN for iPhone and iPad


VPN services are available in different flavors (if you don’t know much a about VPN protocols you should also read this post). For your iPhone and iPad you need a VPN that accepts PPTP or L2TP connections. Fortunately, this is the case for almost all VPN providers.

After you subscribe for a VPN service you need to gather the following information in order to be able to correctly configure the VPN connection:

After you subscribe for a VPN service you need to gather the following information in order to be able to correctly configure the VPN connection:

  • VPN server: given to you as an IP address, or as domain name (for example,
  • VPN credentials: a username and a password.

iPhone/iPad VPN settings

The setup of the VPN connection is very simple and you should be able to do it in matter of minutes.

Firstly, go to Settings > Network and create a new VPN connection. Fill in the VPN credentials (username and password) and the VPN server address. Next, press the Connect button and within a few seconds you’ll be connected to the VPN and all your traffic will be going through a VPN server.

The VPN service establishes a remote connection to a server from a distant location (depending on the chosen service). When you are connected to the VPN all of your internet traffic flows though that encrypted connection, thus being protected.

The downside of using a VPN is that browsing the Internet is not quite as speedy as doing so without VPN, but, if you take into account the increased security, is a small price to pay.

This was a guest post by Adrian Roman who about online anonymity and privacy on his blog,

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